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The Year in Review - in Games!
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So I was thinking of writing a list of gaming events of 2011... and I was thinking of writing a list of real-life events of 2011...

And then I decided to combine the two. More fun for all!
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1. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:31]
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THE BEGINNING.

For some years, I've bemoaned the fact that Twilight Imperium is such a awesome game, but I almost never get to play it.

No longer! We played TI on New Year's Day of 2011, and that was but the first. Despite all the other things going on this year, we easily brought it out at least six times or more. (Yes, for me that's impressive; so sorry if you're part of a gaming group that gets to play things that many times in a week.)

Every game was memorable and full of good times. Never a disappointment. When you're working with something that just... works, so well, you'll have a great time.

That's the way it is with our family. It just works so well. So in spite of hard times, we had a great year, full of memorable events.
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2. Board Game: Descent: The Road to Legend [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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SLOGGING ON.

It took much of the year, but we completed our Road to Legend campaign. While most of the time, it was filled with fun, goofiness, and great times, there were a couple of letdowns.

When the Overlord played Crushing Blow and demolished the best weapon our tank had, it sucked all of the fun right out of the room. It wasn't that we were mad... it just felt totally out of place for the pace of the game, especially considering how hard we were having to work just to find any new items. When we re-convened two weeks later, we house-ruled that out.

Also, the final battle with the Overlord was... anti-climactic, to say the least. We made short work of him and he barely scratched us. While it was nice to win, we were expecting something a little more... epic?

Toward the end of the campaign, we were getting just a little tired of it. And yes, I was getting a little tired of 2011 toward the end. But sometimes you've got to just keep slogging on, even if the reward isn't quite what you thought it would be.
 
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3. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition): Shards of the Throne [Average Rating:8.67 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.67 Unranked]
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EXPANSIONS!

I confess - I'm a sucker for expansions. Sometimes they're great, like Shards of the Throne. Sometimes... they come with just as much trouble as good stuff.

We had our master bathroom remodeled this year, primarily to tear things up and get rid of the mold. On the plus side, it looks great now, and we installed a jacuzzi. On the minus side, we definitely hired the wrong contractor and he left lots of little problems all over the room. It's been very frustrating.
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4. Board Game: Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:510]
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NEW THRILLS!

Of course there were new full games this year, as well. Fortune & Glory was my first purchase from Flying Frog, and it so impressed my gaming group that one of them immediately decided that for Christmas, he was getting Last Night on Earth... which he did... and then bought all the expansions.

Speaking of expansions...

The biggest thrill for our family this year was discovering that we're expanding. Baby #4 is on the way in April/May, and it's a girl! Gonna have to change out that Microbadge...
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5. Board Game: Godzilla: Kaiju World Wars [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:10170]
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AND DISAPPOINTMENTS.

Not everything was great, however. Sometimes, you get all excited about something only to have Godzilla's giant foot stomp all over it... like a little paper tank?

Yea, this game was a disappointment. It could have been so great, but the combat system just... isn't. If any game needed dice combat, it's this one. The cards just aren't cutting it. And neither are the paper tanks.

In the real world, the real estate market did not recover much, so the business I work for (real estate advertising) didn't, either. Very disappointing. I still have a job, though, so that's a good thing.
 
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6. Board Game: Battleship Galaxies: The Saturn Offensive Game Set [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1176]
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WASTED POTENTIAL.

I had some hopes for this game, since it comes from the Heroscape gang, and is custom-tailored for expansions... but let's face it. Hasbro played it too safe and there's almost no way it's going anywhere. Such a waste.

Too much in real life is like that. Things that appear to have everything going for them crash and burn, or just trickle out. We saw lots of this in 2011, from personal stuff to public figures... Eh. Enough said about that.
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7. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:356]
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REGRETS.

I regret never playing Diplomacy in 2011. It's so hard to get 7 people together at once. Sigh.

I also regret not finishing some real-life projects, like writing a book.
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8. Board Game: 1835 [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1368]
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SOMETHING OLDER.

Our last game of 2011 was 1835. This is quite out of character for our group's usual fare, but one of the guys had it and wanted to try it, so...

We played on Dec. 30th and went until midnight. I think we got halfway through or so.

Anyone else feel like we only got halfway through with 2011 and then it was over?
 
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9. Board Game: Runewars [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:70]
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AND SOMETHING NEWER.

My Christmas game was Runewars! We've played it twice now and it was great fun. I expect to see this one come out fairly often. Especially once that expansion arrives next week...

Did I mention our family is also expanding in 2012?
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10. Board Game: Castle Panic: The Wizard's Tower [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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FOR THE CHILDREN.

Every year, there's a game for my kids under the Christmas tree to help get them more into the hobby. This year, I actually bought them an expansion. We like Castle Panic, but it was getting predictable. The Wizard's Tower really changes it up. Great fun. But we need to play it some more.

Kids? Stop watching the Rose Parade. We have games to play!
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